Watazen Ryokan
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Watazen Ryokan

413 Izutsuyacho, Yanaginobaba Rokkaku Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8113 Kyoto Prefecture
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our private dinner table set up in the room adjacent to ours.
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4.5
#14 of 190 ryokans in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
WATAZEN is a Classical Japanese Inn with modern amenities, located in the center of Kyoto. It has been a familiar inn for many travelers to Kyoto since [Tenpo Gannen](1830). Today, many people enjoy our traditional harmonious atmosphere in central Kyoto. We are confident that our excellent service and cuisine will make your visit to Kyoto a memorable one. Please enjoy Kyoto and relax at WATAZEN. The cost is from 6300JPY - per person.
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Property amenities
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

Location

413 Izutsuyacho, Yanaginobaba Rokkaku Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8113 Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranga N wrote a review Jan 2020
Sammamish, Washington243 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came as part of a larger group of friends and families. We stayed there for two nights. The moment we arrived we were greeted and help was provided to get us into our rooms. The rooms were clean and they served us tea on arrival in our rooms. The bathrooms were also very clean. In the night they made our beds and it comfortably accommodated four in a room. We also tried on the kimono, fun to experience the culture. The front desk knew English well so we had no trouble getting details of the nearest market. We also took the in room cell phones as they were useful communicating with the larger group. For the price and the quality it is worth it.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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sdcyclist wrote a review May 2023
San Diego, California274 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The service here was amazing from each staff member that we encountered. The front desk was always helpful and attentive. Our host was always prompt for meals and made us feel welcomed every minute of our stay, and even after our stay was done. They held our luggage hours before check in and we were able to eat and explore Nishiki Market because it is just down the street. The staff put in the effort to help us through check in and met us at elevator each time we came through front door. The food was delicious for each meal and the service at each meal was outstanding. There are many ryokans in Kyoto, but if you are looking for one that won't break the bank and still give you the service and experience you are expecting this one is one I would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: If you are a little shy, head to the public bath late at night. It will most likely be empty....
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Margaret M wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
5 adults, 2 rooms. We were a little uncertain of what we would experience. Concerns unfounded. Staff were wonderful, courteous and very helpful. Also had good sense of humour. We had traditional dinner served in the room (4 ppl). Beautifully presented and dishes explained. Very filling and tasty. Staying here was definitely worthwhile. A little oasis, a pleasant calming change to usual rush of travel.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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AdventurePlus wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Australia37 contributions46 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Watazen for a night during our stay in Kyoto to have a traditional Japanese experience. The ryokan is well located near the market in walking distance to Gion, the market and various other sights.

The staff were lovely but limited English spoken. The tea ceremony on arrival is a lovely touch.

The onsen was very clean although not very atmospheric.

The room was cosy but loud as there is a pub over the road. I found the sleeping mats very uncomfortable but no doubt that is partly cultural and the purpose of our stay was to experience something different.

We paid more for this one night at Watazen than we did staying in a suite at the Four Seasons in Seoul with a full buffet breakfast included. I had justified the very high price on the basis on the cultural experience and on the understanding that a traditional Japanese breakfast would be served for the four of us in our room. Instead breakfast was literally one boiled egg and on piece of bread each served in a communal room.

While Watazen would be decent two star hostel/hotel (some rooms don’t even have their own bathroom) it definitely does not justify the high price we paid.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Inspiration279203 wrote a review Feb 2024
Littleton, Colorado1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Although we had some concerns about the arrangements, we realized very quickly that we had hit the jackpot. We arrived and the staff quickly took our luggage and settled us into the room for tea. Everyone's travel stress went down by 100. The space is amazing, the staff exceptional, and the sleep was perfect. Thoughts for families - try one breakfast and one dinner, remember there are other bathrooms on each floor, slip into your yukata, order some sake and just sit.

Location was easily accessible to transportation, shopping and historic areas. Clean, roomy, and worth the cost.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ask about using the bath, even with tattoos. Take time in the space.
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Justin T wrote a review Feb 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The service was excellen. We had the kaiseki dinner and breakfast and the staff was meticulous in every aspect. The female staff even recommended us where to buy souvenirs and was extremely helpful and courteous. Couldn't recommend this place enough!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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vi song t wrote a review Apr 2023
24 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Watazen Ryokan was an outstanding choice for my family. The staff is friendly and really helpful. They have kept the charm of the ryokan alive by maintaining the furniture and decor very well. We were first welcomed with green tea and desserts. There were yukatas for both adults and children. We enjoyed their beautifully presented multi course kaiseki dinner. We had delicious and healthy breakfast both mornings and it was different each morning. My wife was concerned about the futon mattresses but the family had restful sleep the two nights we were there. The ryokan is in a very charming neighborhood and within two blocks to Nishiki market. There were a lot of nice coffee shops nearby and interesting restaurants nearby. We hope to return again!
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There is a laundromat in the basement near the onsen.
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Vladimir B wrote a review Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Good location, excellent service, delicious food. Very accommodating - my husband is vegan, so he got special menu. Kaiseki dinner included 13 courses, and was probably one of the best meals we had in Japan. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: January 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VP1London wrote a review Apr 2024
London33 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed a wonderful 3 nights as a family group. It’s wonderfully located within easy walking distance of the main shopping and dining areas and the bus/subway. Welcome and service were outstanding throughout. While the rooms are not huge they were very clean and comfortable. We had breakfast throughout and dinner one night, all of which were excellent.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Have the dinner one night
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linuxwiz wrote a review Apr 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was an amazing experience being at thus Ryokan for a night and day. Usually I use hotels as places leave my stuff, and don't see them again until I come back to sleep. Me and my friends just couldn't leave this place though the service and staff was so amazing. We stayed in our rooms and drank tea and ordered beer. Then it was time for dinner we had an astonishing kaseiki dinner higlighting Kyoto's cusine. Then the necxt morning, the breakfast was also several dishes of Kyoto's finest. Will definitely do this again at Watazen!
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from watazen
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
Please inform us your name. We will check Agoda website. Thank you !
Anne T asked a question Mar 2018
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions123 helpful votes
Do you have availability for 2 rooms for 4 adults from 6/10 - 10/10 this year?
Answer from Swatar
Island of Malta, Malta749 contributions97 helpful votes
You will need to ask the question to the hotel. I visited as a guest.
Answer from watazen
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
Our Ryokan is in center of Kyoto. You can reach us by taxi, subway and bus. I think taxi is better. Taxi : about 15 minutes and about 1000 JPY per taxi Bus : about 20 minutes and 220 JPY per person Please ride to No/5 city bus at Kyoto Station, and take off at Shijotakakura. Then please walk to us about 7 minutes. Subway : about 12 minutes and 210 JPY per person Please ride to subway at Kyoto Station, and take off at Shijo Station. Then please walk to us about 7minutes. Sincerely yours, Akihide Kawamura WATAZEN RYOKAN TEL : +81-75-223-0111 FAX : +81-75-223-0112
VP1London wrote a tip Apr 2024
London33 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have the dinner one night"
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Mat wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book dinner and breakfast!"
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Inspiration279203 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Littleton, Colorado1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask about using the bath, even with tattoos. Take time in the space. "
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sdcyclist wrote a tip May 2023
San Diego, California274 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are a little shy, head to the public bath late at night. It will most likely be empty. They store your luggage for you before checkin"
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vi song t wrote a tip Apr 2023
24 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a laundromat in the basement near the onsen."
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PRICE RANGE
£135 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
watazen hotel kyoto
LOCATION
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoShinkyogoku Shopping District / Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Watazen Ryokan
Which popular attractions are close to Watazen Ryokan?
Nearby attractions include GEAR Theatre (0.2 miles), SAMURAI & NINJA MUSEUM with EXPERIENCE (0.2 miles), and Musubi Kyoto (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Watazen Ryokan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a hot tub, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Watazen Ryokan?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Watazen Ryokan?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Watazen Ryokan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gyotako Kyoto, Mezopotamia Kebab House, and Gyukatsu Kyoto Katsugyu Teramachi Kyogoku.
Is Watazen Ryokan located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Kyoto.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Watazen Ryokan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Watazen Ryokan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (2.8 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.4 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.3 miles).
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